|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Weary, the eldest daughter of Laban, and sister of Rachel (Genesis 29:16). Jacob took her to wife through a deceit of her father (Genesis 29:23). She was "tender-eyed" (17). She bore to Jacob six sons (32-35), also one daughter, Dinah (30:21). She accompanied Jacob into Canaan, and died there before the time of the going down into Egypt (Genesis 31), and was buried in the cave of Machpelah (49:31).
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
le'-a (le'ah; Leia, "weary," "dull"(?), "wild cow"): Rachel's sister, and the elder daughter of Laban (Genesis 29:16). We are told that her eyes were "tender" rakkoth). Gesenius renders it "weak," Septuagint astheneis; accordingly, she was weak-eyed, but by no means "blear-eyed" (compare Vulgate). Her eyes were lacking that luster which always and everywhere is looked upon as a conspicuous part of female beauty. Josephus (Ant., I, xix, 7) says of her, ten opsin ouk euprepe, which may safely be rendered, "she was of no comely countenance."
Leah became the wife of Jacob by a ruse on the part of her father, taking advantage of the oriental custom of heavily veiling the prospective bride. When taken to task by his irate son-in-law, Laban excused himself by stating it was against the rule of the place "to give the younger before the first-born" (Genesis 29:21-26). Although Rachel was plainly preferred by Jacob to Leah, still the latter bore him six sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah (Genesis 29:31), Issachar, Zebulun, and a daughter, Dinah (Genesis 30:17-21). Up to this time Rachel had not been blessed with children of her own. Thus the lesson is brought home to us that Yahweh has a special and kindly regard for the lowly and despised, provided they learn, through their troubles and afflictions, to look to Him for help and success. It seems that homely Leah was a person of deep-rooted piety and therefore better suited to become instrumental in carrying out the plans of Yahweh than her handsome, but worldly-minded, sister Rachel.
When Jacob decided to return to the "land of his fathers," both of his wives were ready to accompany him (Genesis 31:4, 14). Before they reached the end of their journey their courage was sorely tried at the time of the meeting between Jacob and his brother Esau. Although Leah was placed between the handmaids in the front, and Rachel with her son Joseph in the rear, she still cannot have derived much comfort from her position. We may well imagine her feeling of relief when she saw Esau and his 400 men returning to Seir (Genesis 33:2, 16).
According to Genesis 49:31, Leah was buried at Machpelah. We cannot know for a certainty that she died before Jacob's going down to Egypt, though it is very likely. If she went down with her husband and died in Egypt, he had her body sent to the family burying-place. Ruth 4:11 discloses the fact that her memory was not forgotten by future generations. When Boaz took Ruth for a wife the witnesses exclaimed, "Yahweh make the woman that is come into thy house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel."
Leah (30 Occurrences)
Genesis 29:16 Laban had two daughters. The name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 29:17 Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and attractive. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 29:23 It happened in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him. He went in to her. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 29:24 Laban gave Zilpah his handmaid to his daughter Leah for a handmaid. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Genesis 29:25 It happened in the morning that, behold, it was Leah. He said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Didn't I serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?" (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 29:28 Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week. He gave him Rachel his daughter as wife. (See NIV)
Genesis 29:30 He went in also to Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 29:31 Yahweh saw that Leah was hated, and he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 29:32 Leah conceived, and bore a son, and she named him Reuben. For she said, "Because Yahweh has looked at my affliction. For now my husband will love me." (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 30:9 When Leah saw that she had finished bearing, she took Zilpah, her handmaid, and gave her to Jacob as a wife. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 30:11 Leah said, "How fortunate!" She named him Gad. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 30:13 Leah said, "Happy am I, for the daughters will call me happy." She named him Asher. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 30:14 Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother, Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes." (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 30:15 But Leah said to her, Is it a small thing that you have taken my husband from me? and now would you take my son's love-fruits? Then Rachel said, You may have him tonight in exchange for your son's love-fruits. (BBE)
Genesis 30:16 Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, "You must come in to me; for I have surely hired you with my son's mandrakes." He lay with her that night. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 30:17 God listened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 30:18 Leah said, "God has given me my hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband." She named him Issachar. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 30:19 Leah conceived again, and bore a sixth son to Jacob. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 30:20 Leah said, "God has endowed me with a good dowry. Now my husband will live with me, because I have borne him six sons." She named him Zebulun. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 31:4 Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock, (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 31:14 Rachel and Leah answered him, "Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house? (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 33:1 Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau was coming, and with him four hundred men. He divided the children between Leah, Rachel, and the two handmaids. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 33:2 He put the handmaids and their children in front, Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph at the rear. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 33:7 Leah also and her children came near, and bowed themselves. After them, Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed themselves. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 34:1 Dinah, the daughter of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 35:23 The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob's firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 46:15 These are the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram, with his daughter Dinah. All the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty-three. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 46:18 These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah, his daughter, and these she bore to Jacob, even sixteen souls. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 49:31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah, his wife. There they buried Isaac and Rebekah, his wife, and there I buried Leah: (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Ruth 4:11 All the people who were in the gate, and the elders, said, "We are witnesses. May Yahweh make the woman who has come into your house like Rachel and like Leah, which two built the house of Israel; and treat you worthily in Ephrathah, and be famous in Bethlehem. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)